13 new hot take controversies that Leafs Nation should consider

Jeff Veillette
July 22 2016 09:55AM

After a bunch of hype and mild concern, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Auston Matthews and proved that the whole situation was much ado about nothing. That's great, and we all can't wait to see him go at least 30/30 with his eyes closed as a teenager, but this now leaves us with a void as far as talking points.

Luckily, I've got your back. Here's a baker's dozen worth of ideas to get your screaming juices flowing.

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After all the hype, Matthews' ELC saga was much ado about nothing

Jeff Veillette
July 21 2016 06:32PM

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At just before 1:10 PM, I got a call from a familiar 778 number looking to have a chat with me. It was Allan Mitchell from TSN 1260 Edmonton (and our very own OilersNation). Normally, an on-air conversation with Allan in the middle of July would be to hype up our annual Five Hole For Food stop outside Stanley Milner Library, but with no tour this year, the topic was much different; Auston Matthews.

We spoke for about 17 minutes about how what we thought to be Lou Lamoriello's hesitance to give out rookie bonuses was pretty crazy, something I originally stressed here a few weeks ago and reiterated this morning. We talked about other things too, but at the end, he asked me when we'd finally be able to post our "Matthews signs ELC" article. I laughed, said we haven't written one yet, but that the Leafs would probably relent and sign him at the maximum salary at some point in the middle of August.

I hung up the phone, told the family my call was over and was no longer off limits, grabbed another glass of lemonade, sat back at the desk, and my phone buzzed.

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Leafs sign Josh Leivo to two-year contract

Jeff Veillette
July 21 2016 01:04PM

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The ink hasn't finished drying off on Auston Matthews' entry-level contract, but that hasn't stopped Lou Lamoriello and pals from getting the i's dotted and the t's crossed on another set of paper. The Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to terms with forward Josh Leivo this afternoon, signing him to a two-year deal.

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Auston Matthews signs Entry Level Contract

Jeff Veillette
July 21 2016 11:40AM

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It looks like the speculation was much ado about nothing. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Auston Matthews to a three-year entry Level contract this afternoon.

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What is (and isn't) concerning about Auston Matthews' contract process

Jeff Veillette
July 21 2016 09:36AM

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It is now July 21st, and the Toronto Maple Leafs still haven't signed Auston Matthews to his Entry Level Contract. Naturally, there's been a bit of concern in Toronto about this fact, seeing as winning the lottery and drafting the kid from Scottsdale is the only supreme, unasterisked bright spot the fanbase has had in this generation of Leafs hockey.

Those concerns were amplified last night, thanks to Kevin McGran's article "Leafs' Lamoriello balks at bonus demands of Auston Matthews". Now, I think that title paints Matthews in a negative light that it shouldn't, but most newspaper titles aren't the decision of the author, so we'll pass on going after Kevin for it and jump straight into the content, which seems to add credence to the theory that we've all been speculating on.

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